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U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest ServiceAdventures of Junior Raindrop, The (1948)

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Delinquent raindrop explains the need for good watershed management.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service
Sponsor: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service
Audio/Visual: Sd, C
Keywords: Nature: Environment; Animation: Advertising; Water

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Average Rating: 3.71 out of 5 stars3.71 out of 5 stars3.71 out of 5 stars3.71 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Kandei - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 17, 2012
Subject: The visual style and music is positively North Korean!
One of my guilty pleasures is DPRK propaganda cartoons. They are a time warp, decades behind the rest of the world technologically and stylistically, but with that bit of Asian style. As soon as the opening music of this video started, I yelled, "North Korea!" If you had replaced the dialogue with random, booming Chosŏnmal, I would not have guessed this film was Western until the neon outline of the continental 48 appeared. (Perhaps in that scene the narrator's voice would turn grave as s/he warned of the evils of American imperialism - perish the thought.) Five stars for firing the twisted pleasure centers of my brain, averaged with one star for any actual technical merit, equals three. Now let's all go skip a meal!
Reviewer: uniQ - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 3, 2011
Subject: "whooping it up for a flash flood!"
Many films around here show various attempts to explain things by analogy, comparing a new concept with something more easily understood or already well known.

In this film, poor watershed management is illustrated by a... wayward youth raindrop. I am not making that up. You have to watch it just to see how hilariously THAT works out.
Reviewer: Karma Hawk - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 3, 2005
Subject: Water:Use It Wisely
This bizzare film, tells the story of "Jr" a raindrop who on the way to see his mother (earth) decides to form a gang he runs amok with some other runaway raindrops and create a flash flood and eventually cause catastorphys in various places. Here's the real kicker THE MEASEGE OF THIS IS TO NOT CUT DOWN TREES. That's right we're not supposed to cut down tree's because a gang of raindrops with guns might fall thier and create a flash flood. Thier are several moral lessons that could of been taught with this film but saving the trees not one of them. It is good for hilarity though. Highly recomended.
Reviewer: ridetheory - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - January 18, 2004
Subject: Juvenile Delinquent Raindrop
A strange hybrid of two genres: the juvenile delinquent film and the educational science film. Junior Raindrop runs with a bad crowd, dispenses death with a tommy gun, and yet is forgiven by his big father in the sky.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 16, 2003
Subject: The Adventures of Junior Raindrop
This animated Forest Service film blows the lid off of the problem of juvenile delinquency among raindrops. Junior Raindrop forms a raindrop gang that wreaks havoc on the landscape, and all because of improper watershed management. This film's metaphor is so ridiculous and its animation so childlishly primitive that it's a real hoot to watch and very mstable. Wait'll you see Junior wearing a gangster's outfit and wielding a blackjackÂÂyou'll never look at rain the same again.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Spuzz - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - December 16, 2002
Subject: Inspired Lunacy
One of the more ridiculous environmental films ever produced. The somewhat poorly animated short features Junior Raindrop talking to Father Cloud (we won't get into discussion of what a stud Father cloud must be) about letting him go. Soon, Junior Raindrop is falling down to earth, and because of poor watershed conditions, or something, he and some friends start to flood, creating havoc. I am not too sure about the factual basis of this. But maybe Father Cloud is to blame for all the water in the floods? ANYWAYS, don't take this film too seriously. One more note, all the voices in the characters sound awfully strange, and the narrator's whistling speech impedement is quite grating to listen to.
Reviewer: pRinSe© - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 1, 2002
Subject: Classic
This is a must see with children. Of course it gives a large unrealistic view of how things happened, possibly due to time constraints. It is still nonetheless a classic worth having.


Shows the need for everyone to be informed about good watershed management. Raindrops, like children, become delinquent and lawless. The animation is supplemented with live action scenes showing contrasting results of poor and good watershed management.

Animation film with real-time footage mixed in.
Animation Cartoons Environment Forestry Watersheds Disasters Floods Conflagrations Surrealism Fires (forest) Youth Transgression Discipline Clouds Sun Sky Evaporation Ecology Raindrops Rain Precipitation Rivers Dams Bridges Safety

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